Monroe voted captain for Yale
Eric Monroe didn’t put up big numbers for Yale’s Ivy League championship team this season, averaging just 10.2 minutes and 2.0 points per game.
But the the backup point guard apparently impressed his teammates with his leadership skills, on and off the court. Monroe was voted as Yale’s captain for the 2019-20 season at the team’s annual year-end banquet on Thursday at the New York Athletic Club.
“It’s a real honor for me, mainly because it shows the faith that my teammates have in me to hopefully lead our group next year,” said Monroe, a San Diego native. “That’s what I took from it, more than anything. It’s nice to know your team believes in you as a leader. When you have that support behind you, it makes the role a lot easier, to be myself and be the best team we can be.”
Monroe added that the team’s captains over his first three years at Yale, Blake Reynolds, Makai Mason and Anthony Dallier, left a strong impression on him with their leadership skills.
Miye Oni, the team’s leading scorer the past two seasons, may have been a more obvious choice. However, Oni has declared for the NBA draft and he may not be back next season.